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Superintendent's District Update - August 2018

Falls City Public Schools Superintendent’s District Update – August 13, 2018
 
The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, August 13, 2018. Here are the highlights of the meeting.
 
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District 56 New Faculty and Staff participated in the school’s orientation program on Friday, August 10th. Pictured from the left, Bethany Keithley (2nd grade teacher), Riley Shoemaker (HS Physical Education and Strength Conditioning), Amber Bowser (paraeducator), Joshua McCampbell (HS Social Studies), Maria Jose Lopez de Merlo (HS Spanish), Maygan Ramsey (5th grade co-teacher), Clarissa Ross (Early Childhood Special Education), Janelle Schulenberg (Sixpence Home Visitor), Laura Koopman (paraeducator), Hannah Pfohl (paraeducator), Nicole Jackson (paraeducator), Connie Taft (paraeducator), Allison Glathar (Middle School Teacher). Not pictured are Mike Wentz (South School Principal), CeCe Simon (5th grade co-teacher) and Gabby Webster (paraeducator).
 
Alternative School Report - Falls City High School teacher Chuck Smith presented information to the Board of Education on the district’s Alternative School. The program provides credit recovery opportunities and an individualized learning platform for primarily upperclassmen. The Alternative School has recently moved into it’s new location at 105 E. 16th Street.
School Safety Program Recognized - The Falls City Public School is being recognized for the second year in a row as one of the 2017-2018 SAFETY HONOR ROLL school districts in the ALICAP pool. Our employee safety program requires the combined efforts of all those who work for the school district, and our employees should be commended. The effective and proactive efforts of the Safety Committee is making a positive difference. Only the top 33% of ALICAP’s membership receives this award.
 
Congratulations to our Outstanding School Employees! – The 2018 Falls City Education Foundation Outstanding Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year and Outstanding Employee of the Year Awards were recognized Monday morning at the District’s Preservice Welcome Ceremony with an audience of nearly 150 school district employees and the Board of Education.
Mrs. Denise Kurpgeweit received the Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year Award. Denise Kurpgeweit is beginning her 32nd year at Falls City Public Schools, 40th year as an educator. Mrs. Kurpgeweit is a 5th grade teacher at South School.
Mike Kafer received the Outstanding Employee of the Year Award. Mike Kafer is beginning his 39th year with the Falls City Public Schools and serves as the District’s Maintenance Supervisor.
Terrie Hogue received the Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year Award. Mrs. Hogue is beginning her 29th year as a Middle School Mathematics Teacher.  
Mrs. Kurpgeweit, Mr. Kafer, and Mrs. Hogue each received an engraved plaque in recognition of their dedication and contribution to the success of the students and the Falls City Public Schools.
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 Pictured from left, Denise Kurpgeweit, Mike Kafer, Terrie Hogue, and Superintendent Tim Heckenlively.
 
The District 56 Board of Education acted on several items before concluding the regular meeting. 
 
Approved a Board Policy revision on 1) ESSA 5510: This policy was revised to reflect the new language of the Every Student Succeeds Act ("ESSA"), which is replacing the former federal education law, No Child Left Behind ("NCLB"). It is the policy of the District to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act (“ESSA”) and federal grant programs in which the District participates.
 
Approved Teacher Employment Contracts: 1) CeCe Simon .60FTE; 2) Allison Glathar .50FTE; 3) Pam Joy 1.0FTE
 
Set the Budget Workshop Date for August 24th at 1:00 PM in the High School Conference Room.
 
The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for September 10, 2018, at 7:00 P.M. in the Central Office in Falls City Middle School. The 2018-2019 budget workshop is scheduled for Friday, August 24, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. in the High School Conference Room. Regular and special meeting agendas are kept in the Office of the Superintendent, Tim Heckenlively.